Roundtable on the Week's Top Immigration News

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 13

Immigration has dominated headlines over the past week, and this week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy brings together Center for Immigration Studies experts to analyze these issues. The roundtable discussion covers the recent federal court ruling on DACA, the newly released border apprehension numbers for June, and the possibility of Senate passage of an amnesty via a budget "reconciliation" rule.

Video: On the Migrant Trail in Costa Rica

In a new video, the Center for Immigration Studies examines the conveyor belt carrying migrants from countries beyond Central America and Mexico – including from terrorist-plagued countries – to the U.S. border.

Read more: The U.S. migration crisis in plain view at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

The Employment Situation of Immigrants and Natives in May 2021

Unemployment and employment among the foreign-born and native-born

An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of Bureau of Labor Statistics data for May 2021 shows that while the official unemployment rate (share actively looking for work) of both the native-born and immigrants has fallen significantly, it remains higher than before Covid.

Bills to Speed Resettlement of Afghan Allies Cut Corners on National Security, Fraud, and Public Health

There are reasons to be concerned about whether the bills presently pending before Congress strike the right balance between expeditious processing sufficient to meet the looming 9/11/21 withdrawal deadline, while simultaneously ensuring the security and public health safety of American citizens. This is because the bills waive or eliminate important public health and national security safeguards presently built into the law.

Estimating Illegal Immigrant Receipt of Cash Payments from the EITC and ACTC

Millions of illegal immigrants have Social Security numbers, potentially allowing them to receive cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. We estimate that illegal immigrants may receive between $3.8 and $4.5 billion from the two programs. This is in addition to the $4.4 billion we have previously estimated illegals likely received in stimulus checks this year.

The Week's Top Immigration News
The Week's Top Immigration News
A UN of Mass Illegal Immigration
A UN of Mass Illegal Immigration
Employment Situation May 2021
Employment Situation May 2021
Resettlement of Afghan Allies
Resettlement of Afghan Allies
Illegal Aliens and the EITC/ACTC
Illegal Aliens and the EITC/ACTC

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 13

Immigration has dominated headlines over the past week, and this week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy brings together Center for Immigration Studies experts to analyze these issues. The roundtable discussion covers the recent federal court ruling on DACA, the newly released border apprehension numbers for June, and the possibility of Senate passage of an amnesty via a budget "reconciliation" rule.

In a new video, the Center for Immigration Studies examines the conveyor belt carrying migrants from countries beyond Central America and Mexico – including from terrorist-plagued countries – to the U.S. border.

Read more: The U.S. migration crisis in plain view at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

Unemployment and employment among the foreign-born and native-born

An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of Bureau of Labor Statistics data for May 2021 shows that while the official unemployment rate (share actively looking for work) of both the native-born and immigrants has fallen significantly, it remains higher than before Covid.

There are reasons to be concerned about whether the bills presently pending before Congress strike the right balance between expeditious processing sufficient to meet the looming 9/11/21 withdrawal deadline, while simultaneously ensuring the security and public health safety of American citizens. This is because the bills waive or eliminate important public health and national security safeguards presently built into the law.

Millions of illegal immigrants have Social Security numbers, potentially allowing them to receive cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. We estimate that illegal immigrants may receive between $3.8 and $4.5 billion from the two programs. This is in addition to the $4.4 billion we have previously estimated illegals likely received in stimulus checks this year.

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Biden Spending $3 Million Per Day to Not Build Border Wall

Report finds as much as $2 Billion wasted since inauguration

The Senate Republican report notes that “the Federal government is paying contractors on these seven projects $3 million per day to drive out to project sites and guard the unused pallets of steel and other construction materials.”
Topics: Border Wall

Immigration Judges Forbidden to Use the Word ‘Alien’

They can’t complete cases, and they should not be forced to use the wrong words

In January I analyzed the Biden administration’s plans to alter the terminology used to refer to “aliens”. Those changes are now being imposed on the nation’s 539 immigration judges and the 28 members of the Board of Immigration Appeals. It is a problematic move, because their job is to apply the law, and the main word they are now all-but forbidden to use — “alien” — is the law.

Huge Decline in Percentage of Aliens Ordered Deported in FY 2021

And, in the number of cases immigration courts are completing; blame Biden and COVID

Looking at the TRAC and DOJ data, two things are clear: First, immigration courts are completing just a fraction of the number of cases in FY 2021 that they did last fiscal year. Second, unlike under the Trump administration, the courts are now more likely to allow aliens to stay than ordering them removed. Expect that second trend to accelerate exponentially under the Biden administration’s non-enforcement policies.